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HOME PREVIEW: Seniors Weekend Brings Serious Competition

Thursday February 16, 2017
Close-up on Agada looking with intensity.
Ellen Bond


Toronto (11-6) at Ottawa (15-2)
Friday, February 17
8 p.m.
Montpetit Hall
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Ryerson (16-1) at Ottawa (15-2)
Saturday, January 18
8 p.m.
Montpetit Hall
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The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team is looking to close out the regular season in with two wins on their home floor before prepping for a playoff push. The weekend also marks the annual seniors weekend celebrations, this year, the careers of Caleb Agada, Matt Plunkett, and Adam Presutti will be honoured on Saturday.

In Agada’s five years in garnet and grey, he has catapulted himself on a path to become one of the best Gee-Gees ever. He is currently on pace to finish fifth on the team's all-time points list and second in rebounds. Along with former teammate Warren Ward, he is the second uOttawa player to ever score over 1,000 points and tally 500 rebounds.

For Plunkett, early in his career, he barely touched the court before a monumental shift over the last three seasons made him one of the best three-point threats in the nation and vocal leader on the team. Constant commitment to improving himself as a player resulted in becoming a key starter. 

Presutti’s first and only season with the Gee-Gees has been a fitting way to close his collegiate career. The former McMaster point guard joined the team to ease the backcourt transition after childhood friend Mike L’Africain graduated. Presutti has provided veteran leadership and is among the team’s top scorers this season.

The two Toronto teams coming to Ottawa this weekend present very different looks for the Gee-Gees, and both games promise to be quality matchups.

The Varsity Blues have had a solid season so far, finding themselves as an upper-middle of the pack team in the OUA. With two wins over Queen’s, an upset of McMaster, and a narrow loss to Brock, the Blues have proven that they are not a pushover to quality teams.

Offensively, the Blues match up remarkably well with the Gee-Gees, with little-to-no variation in major statistical categories however, the biggest issue they have is their inability to establish significant leads. The matchup between two of the oldest schools in Ontario has been dominated by the Gee-Gees as of late with eight consecutive victories since 2012. 

On Saturday, fans will get a Top Ten matchup with the U SPORTS third-ranked Gee-Gees and fifth-ranked Ryerson Rams. In many ways, the Gee-Gees been the biggest thorn in Ryerson’s side in recent years -  Ottawa has seemingly always been the team to defeat the Rams in significant games. Since 2013, the Gee-Gees have defeated the Rams in four playoff games, including the 2015 national semifinal at Ryerson. 

Last year, Ryerson defeated the Gee-Gees in the regular season, eventually going on to a Wilson Cup victory on their home floor. This year, the Rams have only suffered one loss and are hungry to continue to exact revenge on their rivals. Ryerson has been successful offensively this season, ranking fourth in the nation with 89.1 points per game and rely on the three-pointer with a nation-best average of 11.6 treys made.

For Ottawa, as has been the case all season, the focus will be on the defensive end. The Gee-Gees have allowed just 62.5 points per game, ranking third in U SPORTS.